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State group honors Waynesboro's Christopher

March 07, 1998

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Michael Christopher, Washington Township's manager for the last 20 years, will receive this year's President's Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

The association represents Pennsylvania's 1,457 townships, all of which have a manager, administrator or secretary, said Keith Hite, assistant executive director of the association.

Hite said the Washington Township Supervisors nominated Christopher, 46, for the award.

Dozens of managers are nominated for the award each year, Hite said. The winner is chosen from a panel of three judges from outside the association, Hite said.

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Christopher said he was surprised at the honor and praised his supervisors and staff for helping him to oversee a township government with a $5 million annual budget and 50 employees, 21 of whom are full-time.

"A manager is only as good as the people he works for and those who work for him," Christopher said.

He said the board gives him the flexibility to do the job to the best of his ability. That plus an excellent staff results in a successful operation, he said.

Christopher will receive the award at the association's annual banquet in Hershey, Pa., April 19-22.

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